The Trees Day Care Nursery

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55 Leigh Road
SO50 9DF

Tel: 02380 610200

The Trees, The Trees Eastleigh opened its doors for the first time in May 2012. With careful planning and extensive refurbishment this large Victorian property provides the ideal nursery environment. The nursery is divided into four spacious play rooms especially equipped for appropriate age groups. For outdoor activities we have a safe, secure play area. The nursery also has a private car park for easy drop-offs and collections.

Situated in the heart of Eastleigh the nursery is conveniently located for a number of primary schools. Close to junction 13, M3 for Winchester and intersection for M27 to Southampton, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. We are also just a few minutes walk from the Eastleigh train station.

Nursery Manager

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The nursery manager is Lorraine Dalipe, who started work at The Trees in 2001. She worked her way up in the nursery gaining experience in every aspect of child care. Lorraine is highly qualified and has the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) Certificate in Child Care as well as the NVQ Level 3 in Management. She has many years experience of working with young children and was promoted to Manager in 2011.

Lorraine enjoys working with children and is passionate about helping them to grow and develop their full potential. She spends a lot of time building relationships with children and their families and places great emphasis on creating a safe and stimulating environment where children can learn and have fun. As a result, the nursery provides a range of activities based on the new Early Years Foundation Status (EYFS), aimed at helping children enjoy learning the basics in reading, writing and simple number work.

Children need stimulating and challenging activities and Lorraine regularly organises trips to the local park and library. She has also arranged for local groups to visit the nursery, including a music and dance group and the local fire brigade, who bring a fire engine for the children to look around and then answer questions about their work. By experiencing new things, children learn to socialise, grow in confidence and develop their individuality.

Lorraine places great importance on choosing well-qualified, motivated staff who will form positive relationships with the children in their care. She has built a strong team who will make your child’s early years at nursery a special experience and give them the best possible start in preparation for the big step forward to their school life.

The Staff Team

Caring for children is an important and challenging career. The right person and good training can make a huge difference to your child’s enjoyment of their time at nursery. Therefore, the majority of staff at the nursery hold the NVQ Level 3 in Child Care, or are working towards it. All have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and Food Hygiene Certificate, both of which are renewed every three years. In addition, all staff are carefully vetted through the Criminal Records Bureau and personal references are taken up when they first join the team.

Our ratio of children to staff ensures that children are looked after in a carefully monitored environment. The ratios of staff to children are as follows:

Babies – 1 year olds1 : 3
1 – 2 year olds1 : 3
2 – 3 year olds1 : 4
3 – 5 year olds1 : 8
5 – 12 year olds1 : 8

Settling-in Period

New children and parents have three settling in sessions at the nursery. The first is an introductory session, lasting half an hour, during which time parents meet staff and then introduce their child to the nursery staff. During this session parents are advised of routines and procedures in place at the nursery and spend the rest of the time playing with their child and familiarising themselves with their surroundings.

The second session lasts one and a half hours and parents are encouraged to leave their children for short periods to allow them to adjust and begin to feel comfortable in their new environment.

The third, two-hour session, usually takes place over a lunch time or tea time and parents are, again, encouraged to leave their child for longer periods to enable them to start socialising with their peers and getting to know their new friends.

Settling in is a very important part of the nursery experience for both children and parents. The nursery is very flexible about how this is conducted and, if it is thought to be beneficial, a number of home visits by the child’s key nursery contact person can be arranged to help with the transition process.

Nursery Facilities

The facilities at the nursery are separated into three age groups:

Age 0-2 years

This Unit can accommodate babies and toddlers up to 2 years old and has a large well-equipped playroom and adjoining sleeping room with separate milk kitchen and nappy changing facilities. All children have their own labelled cot or sleep mat in the sleeping room and individual sterilizers in the milk kitchen. Daily routines are kept for all the children and we encourage parents to spend time with staff discussing their child’s day. The room is divided into areas for ‘messy’ play such as water and creative activities and a second area with home corner and story corner.

Age 2-5 years

The nursery has three spacious, well-equipped playrooms for 2-5 year olds for ‘messy’ and quiet activities. There is a weekly activities plan, however children are encouraged to initiate activities themselves, which are then extended by staff into structured play. Potty training is provided for younger children, if required. The well-equipped playrooms have areas for wet play and carpeted areas catering for all activities; learning and play. As the children progress emphasis is placed on pre-school education and staff complete daily activity plans, which combine play and learning. Time is set aside for discussions and learning letters and sounds through song and play. There is greater focus on pre-school learning in this group, including colours, letters, writing, numbers and shapes in preparation for the transition to school.

School age group

The nursery runs a Breakfast Club where children can be dropped off in the morning, eat breakfast and are then taken to school by one of the nursery staff. Staff can also collect children from school if they are attending the After-School Club. Drinks and snacks are provided and children can relax after school by playing board games, using computers, art equipment or playing in the garden. During school holidays children are welcome to attend the whole day.

Food & Mealtimes

A good diet is essential for the health and happiness of children and the nursery has designed a selection of well-planned menus, which are nutritious and tasty, using a combination of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein. It caters for most dietary needs, menus are varied and all meals are cooked freshly on site.

Breakfast is available for children and babies, followed by a mid-morning snack. A cooked meal is provided at lunch time, followed by tea in the afternoon. Drinking water is available for all children at all times, as is a fruit bowl in each age group, which children can help themselves in between meals.

Lunchtime is the most important meal of the day when staff and children eat the same meal together at tables in the playrooms. It is a great opportunity for children to try new foods and for everyone to enjoy the social side of mealtimes. Pre-school children are encouraged to help serve their own lunch and tea and to help clear up after mealtimes in preparation for the transition to school. After lunch, children are encouraged to brush their teeth, thereby promoting healthy habits from an early age.

MondayCereal / toastFruit SmoothieTuna pasta bake & sweet corn

Yogurt & honey
Pea & ham soup with bread roll

Fruit salad
TuesdayCereal / toastDried FruitSausage casserole, mash & spinach

Milk jelly
Sandwiches with meat/cheese & veg selection

WednesdayCereal / toastExotic FruitButternut squash risotto

Peaches & ice cream
Fish cakes & baked beans

ThursdayCereal / toastVegetable SelectionSweet & sour pork and noodles

Stewed fruit & custard
Couscous with feta & chargrilled veg

FridayCereal / toastFromage Frais / YogurtChicken fajita’s

Blueberry clafoutis
Boiled egg, cheese & new potato salad



The nursery door is securely locked at all times and only a member of the nursery staff is authorised to open it. Parents are requested not to answer the door if they hear the doorbell ring. Staff will check ID’s and passwords for anyone other than the primary carer collecting a child and will not allow anyone they do not know, or who does not have prior consent, entry into the building.

Opening Hours

Normal opening hours are 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.